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Thanksgiving 2017

It would appear that the year 2017 is drawing to a close. Thanksgiving and my birthday is next week and we are driving to Texas to spend time with friends and family. I have not been back to Texas in quite some time. I probably have not been back home in 10 or 15 years. We will be spending Thanksgiving with Katy’s sister Lisa in Seguin Texas.

This year has been much better than 2016. Last year Katy had 5 surgeries and 2 stays in rehab. Katy has been experiencing a better quality of life and was approved for disability. I am so thankful that Katy is doing so much better this year.

This year has been filled with unspeakable horror and tragedy in our country. I am speaking of all of the shootings in churches all across America. In Texas 26 people were killed in a Baptist church by a single gunman. A next door neighbor to the church heard the shooting and rushed over to confront the active shooter and engaged him running him off the property. The good samaritan and someone else pursued the active shooter who crashed his vehicle and took his own life before the police arrived on the scene.

Churches are sanctuaries where people are supposed to feel safe and secure. Most churches are also gun free zones where people are not allowed to carry legally concealed weapons for self protection. Thanks to the recent violence in churches across America the church leadership are waking up and realizing that we are living in progressively violent times. The liberal media would love to make us think that the problem is gun violence. The problem is people are violent and they are using guns and vehicles to harm and kill other people. People are violent and they do not have any respect for the sanctity of human life.

I am thankful that our church leadership has agreed to us developing a church safety team. Our team has both current LEO and ex LEO along with civilians. Some of us are able to legally carry a concealed weapon due to SC CWP laws and we have volunteers who are not armed but are able to be additional eyes and ears on our team.

I am hopeful that during the Thanksgiving Holidays that families and friends can gather together wherever they chose to without any interference by crazy whack jobs who are intent on harming people. I am also hopeful that everyone will be vigilant and pay attention to their surroundings and be prepared to protect themselves and loved ones. Seconds count when the police are 10 or 15 minutes away.

Oh, did I say that I am on vaction for two weeks? This is the first time in 9.5 years that I have been able to take 2 entire weeks off from work. It is not that I have not had PTO to take, it is just that it has not been possible for me to be away from work 100% without having t answer work e-mail or my work cell phone. It is going to be very difficult for me to step away from being constantly available but hopefully I can figure out how to relax.

Here is to everyone having a safe and blessed Thanksgiving holiday season.


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A season for Thanksgiving

Give thanks with a grateful heart for salvation in Christ Jesus


The  year 2011 is almost over and now we have arrived at Thanksgiving Day.  The day that everyone seems to slow down and reflect upon the true meaning of the day.  Like most folks I am very thankful for many things.  The most important thing that I am thankful for the grace of God through Jesus Christ.   

In the New Testament of the Bible John 3:16 says “ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 

I am thankful that I do not have to be good enough for God to love me.  I am thankful that Gods’ love for me is so powerful that He went out of His way to provide all of us with a path for forgiveness that only He can provide.  The path to forgiveness of sins is called Grace.  At Grace Fellowship Church in Goose Creek Grace is defined as “God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense.”   We will never fully understand the depth and breadth of God’s love on this side of eternity. 

I will never forget the day that I met Christ on a personal level.  The day that Christ revealed His immense love for me, and His desire to forgive me of my sins, and give me a new purpose and meaning to live life for.  I am thankful that God surrounded me with loving friends, that understood the importance of God’s Grace and that they led me to the cross.  

It is at the cross that I first saw the light of Gods love in my life. 

At the cross

I will never forget the intense feeling of love and acceptance that I felt as I knelt in the woods and asked God to forgive me of my sins, and to enter into my heart.  It was as if the burdens of the world were lifted off my shoulders and I had a brand new lease on life.  I was at the crossroads of a new beginning.  I remember running home with tears of joy in my eyes as I realized that God is real and that he did love me. 

I remember facing my parents on that day and telling them that I had been saved.  Their question to me was “saved from what drowning”?   My parents were unable to understand the transformation that had happened in my heart at the age of 17 because they were not able to recognize the light of God’s love yet.  

I am thankful that God set me free from the burden of sin in my life but he also put my feet on a new path.  I am thankful that God gave me a new found adventure of pursuing Him, and learning how to become a child of the kingdom of God.  I am thankful that God filled me with the power of his Holy Spirit that would enable me to live a life of obedience to His word.  

I am thankful that I have a loving God that forgives me of my sin when I do screw up and that I can start every day anew.   I am thankful that the love of God is just as abundant today as it was 2000 years ago and that if you open your mind and heart to it that you too can receive that amazing Grace.  

Amazing Grace
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